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Sky will be launching a new internet TV service in the first half of 2012, one that will be available “to anyone in the UK with a broadband connection” and accessible through a range of devices including PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, connected TVs and games consoles. In the plural. Is Sony’s game station about to get Sky?

Sky’s announcement uses the plural “games consoles”, which suggests that this new service may expand beyond the Xbox 360 (which already has access to Sky services, pictured above) to the PS3 – and why not the PlayStation Vita, for that matter? Currently, some Sky shows can be rented through the PlayStation store, but this service is limited by comparison to what Sky is proposing today.

Sky Go will continue to exist alongside the new (as yet unnamed) service. The new service will differ in that it will not require a fixed contract – you’ll be able to rent a single film if you feel like it, or alternatively pay monthly for unlimited access to Sky Movies. Streaming will be instant and Sky says the interface will be “intuitive”, and backed up by editorial content to help you choose what to watch.

There are still plenty of unanswered questions about Sky’s upcoming service. Will it come to the PS3? What smart TVs? Could it even appear on Google TV? Will it offer HD? We’ll bring you more as we find out.

  • paul smith

    thanks to Netflix for coming over and giving SKY the kick it needed to start taking IPTV seriously. 

    • Anonymous

      Always good to have a bit of competition.

    • Anonymous

      Always good to have a bit of competition.

  • paul smith

    thanks to Netflix for coming over and giving SKY the kick it needed to start taking IPTV seriously. 

  • paul smith

    thanks to Netflix for coming over and giving SKY the kick it needed to start taking IPTV seriously. 

  • Jonathan Slade

    Is this strictly movies we’re talking about? I’d love to have sky sports on my ps3! 

    • Anonymous

      Not many details at the moment, but it might do. Sky’s announcement only mentions pay per view pricing for movies, but does allude to the sports channels being included. Given they already are on Xbox 360, I’m sure they would be if it appeared on the PS3.

      Sky also allows for its sports channels to be broadcast to a few Freeview boxes as well (for a price), so I don’t think Sky would have any issues with that. Exciting, isn’t it?

  • Zappo

    I’ve always thought that Sky’s decision to use Silverlight for its online player was a poor one. When you look at the capabilities of the BBC iPlayer and its widespread support they should have gone with a Flash based one from the start. Getting it on my Sony Bravia TV or PS3 would be nice if it supports a ‘catch-up TV’ type service.

    • Anonymous

      I suspect both are likely targets given that Sky has committed to providing it on games consoles and connected TVs.

  • Zappo

    I’ve always thought that Sky’s decision to use Silverlight for its online player was a poor one. When you look at the capabilities of the BBC iPlayer and its widespread support they should have gone with a Flash based one from the start. Getting it on my Sony Bravia TV or PS3 would be nice if it supports a ‘catch-up TV’ type service.

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